For the discerning and weary holiday maker visiting Colombo, probably no other city offers more variety, dining and entertainment options than Kollupitya aka Colpetty. The area numbered Colombo 03 is one of Colombo’s most popular business cum residential districts, housing many organisations ranging from large conglomerates to banks, IT companies, government institutions, diplomatic offices and hotels. Luxury condominiums and apartment complexes are also aplenty in Kollupitiya.
Sri Lanka, being an island, is known for her amazing beaches and views of the sea. However, in Colombo, it isn’t always easy to find a place where you can enjoy the crashing of the waves and most of all, an undisturbed view of the sunset. Galle Face Green thus attracts a large number of people, especially during the evening, although it is rarely empty, even in the afternoon when there is very little shelter from the scorching sun. Galle Face Green is a half kilometer promenade in the heart of Colombo and was initially laid out in 1859 by Sir Henry Ward, Governor of British Ceylon. The stretch of land was used for horse racing and golf and was known as the Colpetty Race Course.
Located a 20 minute drive south from the heart of Colombo, Mt. Lavinia is a well-populated largely a middle class and mostly residential suburb famed for its beaches. For decades Mt. Lavinia has been considered a hot spot for many a tourist to enjoy the golden beach stretching out for a couple of miles.
With sky rocketing prices of room rates of hotels in Colombo, many seem to opt for budget hotels or hostels. Though they don’t provide you with the facilities of star class hotels, the accommodation is comfortable and more importantly it is affordable. So if you are backpacker or simply looking for budget accommodation in Colombo this list will be helpful as these places seem to be popular among many travellers.